House approves tax bill benefiting married couples

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill backed by 4th District Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) that prevents tax increases for married couples was approved by the House of Representatives last week.

If the House-passed bill is not enacted into law, couples will face tax increases simply because they are married, beginning next year.

"It's unfair tomake couples pay higher taxes simply because they're married," said Hastings. "Working families who are playing by the rules and trying to get ahead shouldn't be hurt by our tax code. I have supported correcting this injustice in the tax code since my first day in Congress."

Prior to 2001, a married couple paid more in taxes than two single taxpayers filing individually who earning similar incomes. Tax relief passed by Congress in 2001 phased out the marriage penalty by making married couples eligible for a standard deduction exactly twice that of single filers. Last week's House-approved legislation would permanently extend the relief from the marriage penalty enacted in 2001.

Legion Auxiliary to meet Monday

Sunnyside Unit #73 of the American Legion Auxiliary will meet Monday, May 10. The luncheon meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the China Grove Restaurant in Sunnyside.

The annual poppy project will be discussed. This year's chair of the poppy fund-raising project is Pat Maynard. She reports that poppies will be offered to local residents Friday and Saturday, May 14-15. The poppies are made by hospitalized veterans.

SCHS cheer squad plans bake sale

The Sunnyside Christian High School cheerleaders will hold a bake sale fund-raiser this coming Saturday, May 8.

Spokesman Jamie Durbin said Saturday's bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sunnyside Mini Mall in downtown Sunnyside. Monies raised from the event will help pay for the cheer squad to attend cheer camp.

Soapbox derby races on tap July 3

Now is the time to start building your car for Sunnyside's annual soapbox derby races.

This year's soapbox derby will be held Saturday, July 3, at Sunnyside's Central Park. Registration fees range from $10 to $25. Registration forms are currently available at the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation office. Registration deadline is Monday, June 21.


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